Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Baggies bounce past Everton

Chris Brunt

West Brom struck twice in each half to end their Barclays Premier League slump with a convincing 4-1 win in an eventful encounter at Everton.

Paul Scharner and Chris Brunt put the Baggies into a 2-0 lead at Goodison Park before Everton's top goalscorer Tim Cahill pulled one back.

Everton's hopes of a fightback were dashed as Mikel Arteta was sent off for stamping and Somen Tchyoi and Youssouf Mulumbu, with aid of a Sylvain Distin deflection, finished them off before the midfielder was sent off for two bookable offences.

West Brom grabbed the lead against the run of play after 15 minutes. Scharner lost his marker as Brunt delivered a corner and met the ball with a firm header past Tim Howard.

Scott Carson palmed away Arteta's dangerous set-piece before Brunt curled in a brilliant free-kick from 25 yards.

Three minutes before the break Cahill rose highest as Leighton Baines swung in a deep corner and the Australian headed home.

Gonzalo Jara then flew in recklessly on Arteta on the Everton left. The Spaniard took exception to the challenge and appeared to stamp twice on the Chile World Cup player. Referee Lee Mason showed a straight red card.

Everton were made to pay as Steven Reid picked out substitute Tchoyi, who cut in from the left, checked back and curled a fine shot beyond Howard.

West Brom then inflicted more damage as Mulumbu played a one-two with James Morrison and clipped in a fourth, via Distin, four minutes from time.

Mulumbu was booked for celebrating what was officially an own goal, then saw a second yellow for a poor tackle on Steven Pienaar just moments later.

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